Genesis 47:11

Hebrew Bible

9 Jacob said to Pharaoh, “All the years of my travels are 130. All the years of my life have been few and painful; the years of my travels are not as long as those of my ancestors.” 10 Then Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from his presence. 11 So Joseph settled his father and his brothers. He gave them territory in the land of Egypt, in the best region of the land, the land of Rameses, just as Pharaoh had commanded. 12 Joseph also provided food for his father, his brothers, and all his father’s household, according to the number of their little children. 13 But there was no food in all the land because the famine was very severe; the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan wasted away because of the famine.

Exodus 1:11

Hebrew Bible

8 Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power over Egypt. 9 He said to his people, “Look at the Israelite people, more numerous and stronger than we are! 10 Come, let’s deal wisely with them. Otherwise they will continue to multiply, and if a war breaks out, they will ally themselves with our enemies and fight against us and leave the country.” 11 So they put foremen over the Israelites to oppress them with hard labor. As a result they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread. As a result the Egyptians loathed the Israelites, 13 and they made the Israelites serve rigorously.

 Notes and References

"... Israel’s journey to Egypt under Joseph brought them to Goshen (Genesis 46:28), a district on the eastern Nile Delta. In Genesis 47:11 the location is referred to as the “district of Rameses,” which should probably not be specifically equated with one of the two cities built by Israelite slave labor, Pithom and Rameses (Exodus 1:11; Heb Raamses). The name “Rameses” is fairly well-documented in Egyptian sources, but equating any of these with the biblical Rameses is not a straightforward task. A widely accepted position today is that the Rameses of the exodus is modern-day Qantir, referred to as Pi-Ramesse in Egyptian sources. This city flourished during the reigns of Ramesses II to Ramesses IV (early thirteenth to late twelfth centuries B.C.), which lends support to the later dating of the exodus during the thirteenth century B.C. Also, Avaris (Tell el-Dab(a), the Hyksos capital, was located at the same site. The Hyksos were “Asiatic” peoples whose presence in Egypt has been much debated ..."

Alexander, T. Desmond, and David W. Baker Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch (p. 273) InterVarsity Press, 2003

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